The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Project
at the Appalachian School of Law
Court Appointed Special Advocates
At the conclusion of training, the case managers assign each student a case involving a child or children whom
DSS has taken into
custody. In the custody proceeding,
attorneys represent both DSS and
Volunteers commit approximately sixty hours a year to each assigned case. They work primarily during the school year, but they may continue throughout the summer to monitor the assigned child and his or her family.
The program offers both obvious and subtle benefits.
CASA volunteers can better assure that the court
hears and understands the needs and interests of abused and neglected
children. Volunteers see a sad side of
human nature that they may not have seen before, but they can provide
vulnerable children justice and a better future. The CASA
program also gives students a substantial opportunity to provide pro bono services to citizens of Buchanan County, including its tiniest.